AL internal feud worsens

‘Persona non grata’ fear grips MPs

Anaet Shawon

11 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Internal feuds in the ruling Awami League have worsened as the party grass roots have become vocal against some lawmakers over their alleged nepotism, corruption and patronization of BNP-Jamaat men.

Grass roots alleged that many lawmakers are ignoring the dedicated local leaders of the party, paying no heed to the directives of the party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Four lawmakers have been declared unwanted in their areas last week by party grass roots for their controversial activities including nepotism, irregularities and repression.   

Grass roots leaders held press briefings recently to unmask the character of the MPs who are involved in the activities that goes against the party disciple, sources said.

The committee to resist repression, violence, corruption and drug abuse held a press conference at National Press Club on Monday to brief newsmen on the controversial activities of AL lawmaker Pankaj Deb Nath.

Contacted, Pankaj Debnath, also general secretary of Swechchhasebak League, denied all the allegations brought against him. “The allegations against me are untrue and baseless.”

“The allegations are aimed at damaging my image ahead of the national polls,” he said adding that those who brought the allegations against me are the agent of BNP and Jamaat.

Though Debnath termed them an agent of BNP-Jamaat but, member-secretary of the committee Anwar Hossain Sagar, also science and technology affairs secretary of Mehendiganj upazila Awami League Top AL leaders say they are worried over the situation created across the country ahead of the next general elections as the grass roots are bringing allegations against lawmakers in violation of president and general secretary’s directives.

The party high command recently has taken hardline against such rowdiness.

“Even party bigwigs, ministers and lawmakers will not be spared if anyone is found involved in creating internal feuds and tarnishing the image of the party,” a central AL leader quoted the premier as saying at a ALCWC meeting held on Thursday.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at a recent programme also said stern action will be taken against those involved in breaching party discipline.

“Betrayers and rebels will be expelled from the party instantly,” Quader said.

‘Persona non grata’ fear is now prevailing among the ruling party lawmakers as the grass roots leaders are continuing to hold press conferences to unmask their character, insiders said.

At least dozen AL lawmakers may face ‘persona non grata’ if the party high command fails to do anything against such action by the grass roots leaders, sources said.

Few days back, three lawmakers were declared ‘persona non grata’ in Barguna, Rajshahi and Dinajpur by local party leaders. Even nomination seekers are involved in provoking the grass roots to go against lawmakers, sources said.

The lawmakers who have been declared unwanted are Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu of Barguna-1 constituency, Abdul Wadud Dara of Rajshahi-5 and Monoranjan Shil Gopal of Dinajpur-1.

An AL leader said former health minister AFM Ruhul Haque was declared persona non grata in his Satkhira-3 constituency last year.

AL presidium member Faruk Khan said the party has already decided to take action against the leaders who are creating indiscipline in the party.

“Nomination seekers will not be given party ticket if they are found involved in tarnishing the party image through campaign against incumbent lawmakers,” he said.